"What's old is new again" seems to be the motto of 2021, not only for dainty anklet jewelry and getting back together with your ex, but also the oft-forgotten french manicure. (Luckily, we're safe from the resurgence of shoulder pads. . . for now.) Yet, while the white-tipped nail art of the early aughts has populated our Instagram feeds more readily these last few years than the seeds of a strawberry, there's a darker twist on the trend you can expect to see more of this winter: the "french moon" manicure.
Think of it as the mysterious, much sexier cousin to the traditional nail look that's perfect for the colder season: "As we head into winter, we're seeing dark colors reign supreme, with metallics adding a pop of fun," said Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder and CEO of nail brand Olive & June. "We're seeing a big reboot of the french mani for winter with the french moon, where black or metallic hues are used to trace a crescent shape along the cuticle line. It's fun and festive while still being sophisticated."
Whether you want to keep it simple with a single black stripe or add a little something extra like glitter or rhinestones, every iteration of the look (which you can sift through below) is just as stellar as the next. Someone call NASA . . .